Your East Anglian Wedding - October/November 2020 (Issue 45)

“Intimate weddings can be budget friendly, a little simpler to plan and you can really delve into the finer details and what’s truly important to you without having to compromise on the style.” – Wedding planner Natasha Munday SMALL BUT PERFECTLY STYLED Natasha’s top tips ❤ It’s important to be clear on the type of wedding you want, check venues’ minimum guest numbers, be precise and look around for what suits your needs the most. There are plenty of amazing places full of character and in stunning settings that cater for small numbers. ❤ Wedding planners can be a valuable resource, helping with all the legalities and sourcing local suppliers to take the weight off your shoulders.  ❤ Add extra touches to create a really romantic atmosphere such as a set style or theme to run throughout your day, hiring special crockery and cutlery or table linen for an elegant feel. ❤ Splash out on fabulous floral arrangements for a more lavish effect, after all who doesn’t love a gorgeous flower display? Visit BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL When it comes to the flowers, they can steal the show whatever the size of your wedding. Florist Laura Turner says, “Think amazing things come in small packages! You don’t have to have flowers everywhere, just something meaningful like a theme to reflect your nationality, hobby or favourite place.” She suggests: ❤ Decorate the tables with your favourite flowers and foliage. ❤ Add sprigs of foliage or herbs to the place settings, with small jars of flowers and tea lights. Sometimes simplicity can be incredibly effective! ❤ Fragrance can also play a part in adding that personal touch to your day. The lingering scent of jasmine and honeysuckle as well as freesias and roses, that not only smell gorgeous, but come in a stunning array of colours too. ❤ Let the bouquets take centre stage. The bride’s can be left on the registrar’s table during the signing of the register for maximum impact. Visit  HOW TO HAVE A MICRO WEDDING THAT’S SPECIAL TO YOU All you need to know on planning a small intimate wedding from local expert Sandie Chivers of Norfolk-based Mason’s Great Event Co 1. Prioritise the ceremony and reception venue location. Many venues are able to hold ceremonies on site and may also have outdoor spaces available where your guests can be seated safely spaced apart. 2. To manage the guest list our advice is to reduce the number of groomsmen and the bridal party so you can still keep to the maximum number while adhering to the government guidelines. 3. Explain to those who can’t be invited and maybe consider renewing your vows when you’re able to, so they can all come along. 4. To make your day feel special don’t forget the finer details and make sure to include your floristry and decorative details such as chair sashes. Most importantly stick to your wedding breakfast plan, with all those special moments like the speeches, cutting of the cake and, of course, your first dance. Visit INTIMATE WEDDINGS 57